I'm looking for a song from the early 70s... And No It's Not Kansas!

The song had a Motown riff… and I can I can only remember part of the chorus, not who performed it.

It’s not Kansas, it’s not dash berlin. It was very early 70s. Anyone?

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“It’s a Travesty…
yeah…
such a… Tragedy…
yeah…
Travesty…
It’s such a… Tragedy…”
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You’re not thinking of the Bee Gees’ “Tragedy,” are you?

With just this to go on, I’m wondering if it could be Tragedy.

There don;t seem to be a lot of songs that have both tragedy and travesty, especially that old.

If it isn’t The Bee Gees, and the word travesty isn’t in it, it could be Bette Midler, Donna Summer, the Fleetwoods, or even The Ventures, who have rarely seen lyrics for Walk Don’t Run that go:

You’ve gone from me, whoa, whoa, tragedy
Whoa, whoa, whoa tragedy

Thank you for trying to help, but no.
The first line might say something like, “woke up in LA…” ?

ELO’s “Waterfall” has the line “it’s a sad affair” sung twice, but it’s probably not what you’re thinking of: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QnaR8NxRebg

Is it ‘Rio’ by Duran Duran?

Well, here’s a list of all lyrics from lyrics.com that contain the word travesty:

https://www.lyrics.com/lyrics/travesty

but I think that trends to fairly modern lyrics. Your song may not be represented, and when I added “tragedy” or “woke” to the search, nothing from before 2000 showed up.

If it were, it sure would be a travesty.

I always thought Driver’s Seat by Sniff ‘n’ the Tears was Travesty. I only recently learned it wasn’t.

A long shot: Tragedy by Argent?

I feel like this prosody is somehow familiar. The part you quoted… it’s a slowed-down bridge in a more upbeat song, right?

My head tells me it’s well-known and I want to say an ELO chart hit, but it’s not that, it’s something that sounds like that.